I hope everyone is making the most of the glorious weather we are having lately. My gang are enjoying getting out for walks early in the morning, before it gets too hot. They then have the rest of the day to lounge around in the sun. We picked up some cool pads in Aldi a few weeks ago (the large size were only €7.99) so they are currently being put to good use. We had a show free weekend here in Ireland, however in the UK, Blackpool held their annual show on Friday 22nd June.
The judge for the day was Mr W Moore, who from his entry of 28 selected Mrs C Muscroft’s Newtonwood Yours Truly as his Best Dog and BOB Winner. Reserve Best Dog went to The Sandman, owned by Mr and Mrs Morris. Best Bitch was awarded to Mr and Mrs Morris’ Classy Cleo SHCH and Reserve Best Bitch to Janabear Amazing Grace, owned by Mrs C Muscroft. Best Puppy was awarded to Miss H McCallum-Sealy’s Pandaprint Believe in Magic and Best Junior to Mrs J Days Cubadias Caribbean Damsel.
I saw on Facebook that Lisa Caton’s lovely boy was awarded to the most handsome dog at their local Hospice Summer Fete. Julie Brown also is continuing her run of good luck with her girls at Eastbourne and District Canine Club. Lola, Mybeards Valentina, was awarded Best of Breed and then was placed 4th in the Group. Her young girl Meika, Immeleon Galactica for Beaugem, was awarded Best Puppy in Breed. She then went all the way to not only win the Group but Best Puppy in Show! Huge congratulations Julie, Lola and Meika!
The next show in the calendar in the UK is Windsor Championship Show. One of my favourite shows, the castle, pimms, strawberries and sunshine always make it a fantastic day out. I will be sorry to miss it – we have one of our girls entered, however she has decided that it is as good a time as any to come into season, so we will be sitting it out this year. The judge is breed specialist, Mrs Dorothy Bunting who has 38 dogs making up an entry of 42. Havanese are third in ring 19 after 31 Griffon Bruxellois and 30 Maltese.
In Ireland, we have two shows on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday is Kilkenny All Breed Championship Show and Sunday is Deise Canine Club All Breed Championship Show. The judge on Saturday is Caryn Coogan from Ireland and on Sunday, Mrs L Reinelt Gebauer from Germany. At present, we don’t have summary of entries or orders of judging, however I did see that Deise are planning to schedule brachy breeds first in the ring, due to the forecasted hot weather. The Club specifically stated that Pugs, French Bulldogs and Pekingese were going to be judged first in the ring. It remains seen if Shih Tzu’s, Boston Terriers, Japanese Chins, King Charles Spaniels and Griffon Bruxellois will also be judged prior to non bracy breeds. I am sure an order of judging will be posted shortly.
As mentioned last week, there has been a change of venue for Kilkenny Championship Show on Saturday. Rather than being held St James Park as advertised in the, the show will take place at St Patrick’s GAA Club Grounds in Ballyragget Co Kilkenny.
If you are showing this weekend or participating in any dog sports, or even just taking it easy in your gardens, remember that the weather is going to be very hot. Our Havanese double coats do allow them to circulate air around their hair and cool them down, but they still should not be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. In their native Cuba, their owners do not venture outside in the midday sun and their dogs also stay indoors, where it is cooler. Please provide your dogs with plenty of fresh water and be careful of hot pavements.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
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